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Leon Balogun makes first start for Rangers in Scottish Premiership

Leon Balogun

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun made his first competitive start for Scottish Premiership side Rangers in their 1-0 win at Aberdeen.

Balogun joined Steven Gerard’s Rangers last month from Brighton and Hove Albion, following a loan spell at Championship club Wigan Athletic.

Rangers who are hoping to topple Celtic’s domestic dominance started the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership season with a win courtesy of Ryan Kent’s first-half goal.

The 32-year old centre back played full 90 minutes, with an impressive defensive display, which caught the eye of his manager Gerard.

“For Leon’s debut, away at Pittodrie, being in the door a week, it was outstanding and I am very pleased for him.

“He got a round of applause in the dressing room which was thoroughly deserved,” the Liverpool legend said.

The imposing defender posted on twitter that he is happy to make his full competitive debut for The Gers.

“Happy to have made my full competitive debut and start the season with 3 points and a clean sheet!” Leon Balogun tweeted.

Fellow Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo was voted Man of the Match following his impressive display at the Pittodrie.

Aribo went close to extending the visitor’s lead but was denied by a fine goal-line clearance from Ash Taylor in the closing minutes.

While Nigerian defender Calvin Bassey who joined Rangers from Wolves was an unused substitute.

Rangers will next host St Mirren on Sunday while Aberdeen will head to Perth to take on St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.

Before the visit of St Mirren, Gerrard’s side will look to overcome a 3-1 Europa League last-16 deficit against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday in Germany.

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